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California Man Suffers Fatal Head Injury at Sacramento Goodwill


An employee of a Sacramento, Calif., Goodwill store died from a massive head injury he suffered Friday, Sept. 30, prompting the store’s closure, an accident investigation, and safety inspections. The worker, identified by Sacramento authorities as 26-year-old Abraham Garza, was working as a “spotter” inside the store, making sure bins were properly aligned with a trash compactor. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) said it received a report about 2 p.m. Friday that an employee had been seriously injured at a Goodwill store in south Sacramento. The agency dispatched two investigators to the store and learned that ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Blames Airplane Crash on Defective Air Pressurization System

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The son of a couple who died when their private airplane crashed into the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airplane’s manufacturer and several affiliated companies, alleging a defective cabin pressurization system caused the crash. Kenneth Glazer, the youngest son of Larry and Jane Glazer, both of whom were 68, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court Aug. 30. He seeks damages for all beneficiaries of his parents’ estate, including their two other children. On Sept. 5, 2014, the day of the crash, the Glazers departed from Rochester International Airport ... Read More

Man Taking First Flight, Pilot, Die In New Orleans Sightseeing Flight Crash

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A Baton Rouge artist who pushed past his fear of flying and took his first airplane ride was one of two people killed when the sightseeing aircraft crashed into Lake Pontchartrain Saturday night after a nighttime tour of New Orleans. Reginald Hillard, 25, a tattoo artist and rapper, received the “Big Easy Lights at Night” sightseeing flight as a surprise gift from his girlfriend, Briana Davis. The flight was the first time Mr. Hillard had ever been in an airplane. “I ain’t never been this close to a plane before,” Mr. Hillard says as he approaches the airplane in an ... Read More

Airplane Crash Near Tuscaloosa Kills Three Couples Returning From Medical Conference

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA – The Oxford, Miss., community is in shock and mourning after an airplane crash near Tuscaloosa, Ala., killed six members of its medical community Sunday morning. Authorities in Tuscaloosa and Northport reported that air traffic controllers received a distress call from a private airplane around 11:10. Rescue crews were prepared to assist at the runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport but the airplane never showed. Inside the airplane were Oxford dentist Dr. Jason Farese, presumed to be the pilot, and his wife Dr. Lea Farese, also a dentist. The couple owned Farese Family Dental in Oxford. Also on board the ... Read More

Georgia Car Wash Employee Loses Two Fingers After Hand Contacts Unguarded Fan Blades

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An Athens, Ga., car wash company faces nearly $43,000 in federal fines for multiple safety violations, some of which led an employee to suffer the accidental amputation of two fingers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited Swifty Car Wash LLC for 11 safety violations, all but one of which the agency classified as serious, after a July 30 inspection of the company’s car wash location on W. Broad St. in Athens. Swifty operates five car wash facilities in Georgia and employs approximately 45 workers. OSHA’s investigation was prompted by a workplace accident that occurred May ... Read More

Improper Machine Safeguards Caused Texas Worker’s Hand Amputation, Feds Say


Federal safety regulators hit a Dallas, Texas-area manufacturing unit of Johns Manville with nearly $50,000 in penalties for violations they found led to an employee having his whole hand amputated by an improperly guarded machine. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., Johns Manville is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that manufactures residential and commercial insulation, commercial roofing, mechanical insulation, and materials for other manufacturers’ products and applications. The company’s Cleburne, Texas, plant employs approximately 400 workers. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that the Johns Manville plant in Cleburne, Texas, received citations for two repeat and three serious ... Read More

Texas Governor Severely Burned In Vacation Accident

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott is undergoing treatments at a San Antonio hospital for second- and third-degree burn injuries to his legs and feet that he received while on vacation with his family in Jackson Hole, Wyo. A statement from the Governor’s Office refrained from disclosing how the accident occurred, but said that it involved scalding water. Gov. Abbott has been wheelchair-bound since 1984 after a tree fell on him while he was jogging, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. He still has some functioning nerve receptors in that area however, and has reportedly felt some pain as they respond ... Read More

Family of Rail Worker Killed By Wayward Train Sues Amtrak


The family of one of the rail workers killed after being struck by an Amtrak train near Chester, Penn., April 3 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amtrak. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, was a performing maintenance work on a track with fellow Amtrak employee Peter Adamvich, when an Amtrak train traveling 106 mph caught the men by surprise and collided with them. Mr. Carter, an Amtrak employee for 40 years, had been working an overtime shift when the accident occurred. He and Mr. Adamvich had been cleaning the ballast with a backhoe just north of the Delaware state ... Read More

Two Worker Deaths In Two Weeks Prompt Investigation of Goodyear tire Plant

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A Goodyear tire plant in Danville, Va., announced Tuesday that it would temporarily close for a safety evaluation and investigation after a longtime worker died on the job earlier in the day. The worker’s death was the second at the plant in less than two weeks and the third death in less than eight months. Details surrounding the death of Greg Cooper, an associate at the plant for 18 years, were not disclosed except that he died during his morning shift. Less than two weeks ago, Kevin Edmonds, who worked at the same Goodyear plant for 26 years, also died on ... Read More

Largest U.S. Chicken Producer Fined For Exposing Workers To Ammonia Gas


Federal authorities have hit the nation’s largest chicken producer with $122,500 in fines for safety violations following a dangerous release of 79 pounds of anhydrous ammonia in its Waco, Texas, plant in September 2015 that exposed workers to a high risk of serious injury and death. Although no workers were injured, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation of Greeley, Colo., and its parent company JBS S.A. of São Paulo, Brazil with two repeat and two serious violations for their failure to improve equipment, procedures, and training that would have prevented such a potentially catastrophic leak from ... Read More